Saturday, April 12, 2008

Is the Civility of "Whom" Dead?

The Revenge of Lacey Davenport

Published: April 12, 2008

If they choose someone else, she’ll resign as nominee and let them appoint whoever.

Use "whomever," for God's and grammar's sake, Ms. Collins.

Representative Andrews says [that] he is absolutely not going to make Lautenberg’s age a campaign issue, and that “the question is: who has plans and energy and focus to get things done.”

The redundant comma after "issue" splits a compound noun-clause object. Parallelism: use "that...that" or use nothing. Don't use one that to begin a noun clause an omit before the other noun clause.

The colon after "is" is wrong. A sentence precedes a colon: "The question is this:" Or you can capitalize "who" for its beginning a question in the middle of a sentence.


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